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Lesson 1: A Clear Definition of Classical Education

In this session, Dr. Christopher Perrin gives us a clear definition of classical education, noting how difficult it is to define something with such height, depth, and width, and such a vast history.

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Outline of Session

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Discussion Questions
  • How would you best define classical education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.
  • How does the definition of curriculum as a course change your thinking about curriculum?
  • Classical education can be defined as parts that come together as a whole. Of the curricular, pedagogical, psychological, communal, and linguistic definitions, with which definition are you most familiar and why? How do the other parts expand your view of the tradition of classical education?
Lecture 1 Charts and Tables

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Various (Abbreviated) Definitions of Classical Education

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Introduction to Classical Education (PDF)

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What Is Classical Christian Education? (PDF)

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Assignments and Action Steps
  1. What are some of the most fundamental elements that constitute Classical Education?

2. How would you best define Classical Education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.

3 Comments

  1. sibi

    This was so informative and well presented, thank you!

  2. Dante

    I’m enjoying these lectures immensely. I had several “aha!” moments. Prof. Perrin did a great job in defining and describing classical education. Well done!

  3. Dante

    My preferred definition combines Professor Perrin’s and Andrew Kern’s definitions:

    “Classical education is an approach to education that aims to cultivate the child’s mind and character in order to form him/her into a person of wisdom, virtue, and eloquence, through the nourishment of his soul on the true, the good, and the beautiful, by means of the pedagogy of seven liberal arts (the trivium and the quadrivium) and the Great Books.”

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